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Wizz Air expands in Iasi, Romania

Celebrating the 100th Airbus aircraft

Wizz Air, the largest airline in Romania and one of Europe’s fastest growing airlines, launched 7 new routes accompanied by the celebration of the two-year anniversary of its Iasi base and the deployment of a second aircraft to the local fleet.

The modern 180-seater Airbus A320 aircraft will support the operations of the newest services available from Iasi to Billund, Brussels Charleroi, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Malmö, Paris Beauvais and Thessaloniki, as well the increased frequencies to 2 popular destinations from Iasi: Milan Bergamo and Tel-Aviv.

In total, Wizz Air schedule will have 20 additional weekly flights departing from Iasi.

In other news, the company will also launch a new from Vienna to Eilat in November.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Wizz Air): Wizz Air (wizzair.com) (Hungary) Airbus A321-231 WL HA-LTD (msn 8305) (Airbus 100) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 942462.

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Wizz Air adds a 10th aircraft to the Bucharest base

Wizz Air  (Hungary) Airbus A321-231 WL HA-LXG (msn 7182) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 942634.

Wizz Air, the largest airline in Romania and one of Europe’s fastest growing airlines, allocated the 10 aircraft and celebrated the eleven-year anniversary at its Bucharest base.

The state-of-the-art 230-seater Airbus A321 aircraft will support the operations of the newest four routes commencing this year from Bucharest to Athens, Gothenburg, Nice, Kutaisi as well the increased frequencies to 8 popular destinations from Bucharest: Barcelona, Bari, Billund, Eindhoven, Geneva, London Luton, Paris Beauvais and Tel-Aviv.

In total, Wizz schedule will have 24 additional weekly flights departing from Bucharest.

WIZZ AIR’S NEW ROUTES FROM BUCHAREST

Destination Days Starts Fares from**
Gothenburg, Sweden Wednesday, Sunday 27 June 2018 RON 149/ EUR 34.99
Nice,

France

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 26 June 2018 RON 229/ EUR 49.99
Kutaisi,

Georgia

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 3 July 2018 RON 119/ EUR 27.49


INCRESED FREQUENCIES ON EXISTING ROUTES

Destination Weekly Flights
Barcelona 10 from 7
Tel-Aviv 9 from 6
London Luton 21 from 19
Bari 7 from 5
Paris Beauvais 5 from 3
Eindhoven 4 from 2
Geneva 3 from 2
Billund 3 from 2

 

Already the largest airline in Romania, Wizz Air is offering now 141 routes to 22 countries (including one domestic flight Bucharest – Cluj Napoca) across Europe from 10 Romanian airports. In 2018, 20 new routes have already been announced in Romania, such as the popular destinations of Athens from Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca, Nice, Lyon, or Malmo and Thessaloniki from Iași.

Wizz Air is operating from 10 airports in Romania with a young fleet of 25 aircraft including 5 of the ultra-efficient brand new 230-seater Airbus A321, and the team currently working across the country is exceeding 1,000 local employees.

In other news, Wizz Air on July 2 celebrated the launch of the Vienna – Eindhoven and Vienna – Malaga routes.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Wizz Air): Wizz Air (Hungary) Airbus A321-231 WL HA-LXG (msn 7182) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 942634.

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Spirit Airlines announces a major expansion at Orlando including eight international routes

Spirit Airlines Airbus A321-231 WL N660NK  (msn 6804) FLL (Jay Selman). Image: 403764.

Spirit Airlines has announced it will grow in Orlando.  In an unprecedented expansion, starting on October 4, 2018, Spirit will begin offering international service from Orlando International Airport (MCO) to 11 new destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as 3 more domestic routes rolling out through the fall.  The announcement marks one of the largest expansions in the airline’s history and includes service to the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

With this announcement, Spirit will now provide additional service from Orlando to eight countries and two U.S. territories.  It comes just days after the airline announced new routes from Orlando to Asheville and Greensboro, North Carolina, as well as Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  Spirit will now provide the Orlando region with nonstop service to and from 38 destinations, with up to 49 daily flights across the U.S., the Caribbean, and Latin America.

Orlando to/from Starts: Frequency:
Aguadilla, Puerto Rico (BQN) October 4 Daily
Guatemala City, Guatemala (GUA)* October 4 4x weekly
Panama City, Panama (PTY)* October 4 4x weekly
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (SDQ)* October 4 4x weekly until Nov. 7
Daily from Nov. 8
San Pedro Sula, Honduras (SAP)* October 5 2x weekly
San José, Costa Rica (SJO)* October 5 4x weekly until Nov. 7
Daily from Nov. 8
San Salvador, El Salvador (SAL)* October 6 2x weekly
Bogota, Colombia (BOG)*ǂ November 8 Daily
St. Thomas, USVI (STT) November 8 3x weekly
Medellin, Colombia (MDE)* November 9 2x weekly
Cartagena, Colombia (CTG)* November 10 2x weekly
Asheville, North Carolina (AVL) September 7 3x weekly until Nov. 7
4x weekly from Nov. 8
Greensboro, North Carolina (GSO) September 7 3x weekly until Nov. 7
4x weekly from Nov. 8
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (MYR) November 10 2x weekly

With Spirit’s expanding network, the airline continues to improve its on-time performance and Guest satisfaction, while building upon its larger commitment to invest in the Guest experience.  The airline recently announced that state-of-the-art high-speed Wi-Fi connectivity will be installed on its entire fleet by summer of 2019.

Copyright Photo: Spirit Airlines Airbus A321-231 WL N660NK (msn 6804) FLL (Jay Selman). Image: 403764.

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Wizz Air is now basing an Airbus A321 in Skopje, Macedonia

Wizz Air  (Hungary) Airbus A321-231 WL HA-LXD (msn 7032) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 938323.

Wizz Air is now basing an Airbus A321 in Skopje, Macedonia with this announcement:

Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe and the leading airline in Macedonia, yesterday celebrated the deployment of its first Skopje-based, state-of-the-art Airbus A321 aircraft. The first flight of the brand new aircraft took off yesterday morning from Skopje Airport to beautiful Malmo with almost a full plane of more than 200 passengers. Besides the Swedish service, the aircraft will operate the popular Paris, Nuremberg, Friedrichshafen, Frankfurt Hahn, Munich and Rome routes.

With 230 seats on board, the Airbus A321 is the most efficient single-aisle passenger aircraft. The aircraft’s superior operating economics mean that Wizz Air offers more seats to more destinations at lowest fares at the same time as delivering the lowest emissions and noise footprint in its class. In addition to the refreshed livery, Wizz Air’s A321s feature new interior colors, a lighter cabin ambiance, soft leather seats and more cabin seating choices. On 16 June Wizz Air will deploy another Airbus A321 at its Skopje base adding even more capacity on the most popular routes. WIZZ’s young fleet from Skopje has 4 modern Airbus aircraft A320 and A321, an investment of 438,6 million $*.

Wizz Air now offers 30 routes to 14 countries from its two Macedonian airports, Skopje and Ohrid. WIZZ has recently announced a new low-fare service from Ohrid to the culturally rich Vienna in Austria. In total, this year the airline is increasing the total number of seats on sale to 1,6 million, 23% more than in 2017, continuing to stimulate the market and bring more truly affordable travel opportunities from just 599 MKD**.

To celebrate the arrival of the new A321 aircraft, and as part of the #WIZZaroundEurope campaign one lucky passenger on the first flight operated by the new Skopje aircraft won a €321 Wizz Air voucher, giving the winner the opportunity to further explore the delights of Wizz Air’s far-reaching network. Those interested in finding out more about the biggest operational ramp-up in Wizz Air’s history, with 21 aircraft being allocated throughout its European bases supporting 700 additional weekly departures in 17 weeks, between March and July, can follow #WIZZaroundEurope on social media channels and find more fun surprises and contests online.

Wizz Air’s first Skopje flight took off in 2011 and since then, the airline has become the leading carrier at Skopje Airport. In the first 4 months of 2018, WIZZ carried more than 360.000 passengers on its low fare routes to and from Macedonia, which represents a 21% growth year over year.  Throughout the country, Wizz Air’s operations this year will support more than 750 jobs** in associated industries.

As previously reported, Wizz Air UK received its Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) and Operating Licence and started operating on May 3, 2018.

*Airbus price list 2018
** One way including all taxes and non-optional charges
*** ACI suggests creation of 750 on-site jobs for every 1 million carried passengers per year

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Wizz Air): Wizz Air (Hungary) Airbus A321-231 WL HA-LXD (msn 7032) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 938323.

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Turkish Airlines adds its 303rd destination

Turkish's 2018 "The Year of Troy" logo jet

Turkish Airlines, that flies to the most countries of the world, has added Krasnodar to its flight network as the 303rd destination.

Above Photo: Turkish Airlines.

Krasnodar has become the 10th destination of the flag carrier in Russia which operates its flight to Moscow, St. Petersburg , Sochi, Rostov, Kazan, Ekaterinburg, Voronezh, Samara and Ufa.  

Krasnodar flights will be operated 5 times per week in both directions, as starting from today.

Krasnodar flight times as scheduled

Flight No Days Departure Arrival
TK 485 Monday ,Tuesday , Wednesday ,Friday , Saturday IST 01:10 KRR 03:05
TK 486 Monday ,Tuesday , Wednesday ,Friday , Saturday KRR 04:30 IST 06:35

All times in LMT.

Top Copyright Photo: Turkish Airlines Airbus A321-231 WL TC-JTP (msn 7516) (The Year of Troy) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 941656.

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Wizz Air builds up operations in London Luton and Vienna

Wizz Air  (Hungary) Airbus A321-231 WL HA-LXH (msn 7217) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 941506.

Wizz Air on Sunday, April 29, 2018 allocated a fifth Airbus aircraft to its London Luton fleet and launched two new routes to Athens and Keflavik.

The newly allocated Airbus A320 is the fifth of eight aircraft to be deployed at Wizz Air’s London Luton base by June 2018. This rapid expansion of Wizz Air’s operations brings a 23% growth year on year with more than 7.4 million seats on sale in 2018 for 47 routes available from London Luton.

Flights to Keflavik in Iceland, gateway to the Northern Lights will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Flights to the Greek capital, Athens will operate daily.

In 2018 Wizz had already launched four new routes from London Luton to Bari (Southern Italy), Larnaca (Cyprus), Tirana (Albania) and Bratislava (Slovakia). In the autumn WIZZ will begin flights to Lviv (Ukraine) and Tallinn (Estonia).

This expansion at London Luton is part of the biggest operational ramp-up in Wizz Air’s history, which will see the delivery of 21 Airbus aircraft across its network in just 17 weeks. Only seven weeks in, Wizz Air has launched 30 new low-fare routes and deployed eight ultra-efficient Airbus aircraft across 11 of its bases. Three new destinations have been inaugurated in Wizz’s ever-expanding network; Athens in Greece, Kharkiv in Ukraine and the Austrian capital Vienna.

WIZZ AIR’S NEWEST ROUTES FROM LONDON LUTON

Route Days Fares from*
Athens, Greece Daily £45.99
Keflavik, Iceland Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays £26.99

 

*One way including all taxes, non-optional charges and cabin bag

In other news, Wizz Air on April 27 celebrated the start of operations from Vienna, the newest destination in its network, along with the first flights on three new routes to Katowice in Poland, Tuzla in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Varna in Bulgaria.

In addition, the airline has announced another new route from Vienna to Kyiv, Ukraine starting in October 2018 and now connects Vienna with a total of 30 destinations in 22 countries.

Finally, Wizz Air also announced on April 27 three new services from Kyiv to Berlin, Frankfurt and Vienna. The new low fare routes will be operated daily.

Wizz started operations from Igor Sikorsky Kyiv International Airport in 2008 and after 10 years of successful operations, as part of its great expansion across Europe, the airline introduces three new routes Germany and Austria. Further diversifying its low fare network from Kyiv, WIZZ offers now 23 routes to 11 countries, including the services to Tallinn and Lisbon that will commence in June. The airline continues to invest in its local base, by allocating the third modern Airbus A320 this summer, a total investment of more than $ 300 million**, and employing more than 100 local crew.

Copyright Photo: Wizz Air (Hungary) Airbus A321-231 WL HA-LXH (msn 7217) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 941506.

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Spirit Airlines reports a first quarter 2018 loss

Delivered on May 10, 2017

Spirit Airlines, Inc. reported its first quarter 2018 financial results.

  • For the first quarter 2018, Spirit reported a GAAP net loss of $44.9 million (loss of $0.66 per diluted share).  Excluding special items, first quarter 2018 net income was $29.9 million ($0.44 per diluted share)1.
  • GAAP operating margin for the first quarter 2018 was negative 5.5 percent.  Excluding special items, operating margin for the first quarter 2018 was 7.3 percent1.
  • Spirit ended the first quarter 2018 with unrestricted cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments of $999.7 million.

“We ran a very good operation in the first quarter 2018, despite numerous winter storms. We achieved a record high March DOT on-time performance of 85.1 percent, an increase of 10.1 percentage points year over year, contributing to a record high first quarter DOT on-time performance of 83.4 percent.  I congratulate and thank the Spirit family for delivering this operational excellence.  I’m also pleased to say that during the quarter, we finalized a five-year contract with our pilot union.  This new contract provides our pilots increased wage rates and gives the Company the platform to further improve our operational reliability,” said Robert Fornaro, Spirit’s Chief Executive Officer.

Revenue Performance
For the first quarter 2018, Spirit’s total operating revenue was $704.1 million, an increase of 19.4 percent compared to the first quarter 2017, driven by a 14.4 percent increase in flight volume.

Total revenue per available seat mile (“TRASM”) for the first quarter 2018 decreased 2.4 percent compared to the same period last year, primarily driven by a 1.7 percent decrease in operating yields and a 4.1 percent increase in average stage length.  During the first quarter 2018, the Company’s results benefited from the calendar shift of Easter by approximately 200 basis points.

On a per passenger flight segment basis, total revenue for the first quarter 2018 increased 1.7 percent year over year to $107.71, driven by non-ticket revenue per passenger flight segment increasing 5.9 percent to $55.292, partially offset by fare revenue per passenger flight segment decreasing 2.4 percent to $52.42.

Cost Performance
For the first quarter 2018, total GAAP operating expense, including special items of $90.0 million3, increased 39.8 percent, or $211.3 million year over year to $742.9 million.  The year-over-year increase in GAAP operating expense was primarily driven by special charges in connection with the new pilot agreement approved in February 2018; increased flight volume; and higher fuel rates.

Adjusted operating expense for the first quarter 2018 increased 24.2 percent, or $127.2 million to $652.9 million4.  The year-over-year increase in adjusted operating expense was primarily driven by increases in flight volume, salaries, wages and benefits, and fuel rates.  In addition, higher rates for crew lodging and ground handling, along with greater deicing expense, drove an increase in other operating expense.

Aircraft fuel expense increased in the first quarter 2018 by 46.4 percent, or $64.9 million, compared to the same period last year, due to a 21.5 percent increase in the cost of fuel per gallon and a 20.2 percent increase in fuel gallons consumed.

Spirit reported first quarter 2018 cost per available seat mile (“ASM”), excluding special items and fuel (“Adjusted CASM ex-fuel”), of 5.33 cents4, a decrease of 5.0 percent compared to the same period last year.  The decrease year over year was primarily driven by lower aircraft rent per ASM.

Labor
Spirit and its pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, announced the ratification of a new five-year working agreement in February 2018.

Fleet
Spirit took delivery of five new A321ceo aircraft and one new A320ceo aircraft during the first quarter 2018, ending the quarter with 118 aircraft in its fleet.

Aircraft Agreement
On March 28, 2018, the Company entered into an agreement with an aircraft lessor to purchase 14 A319 aircraft, which the Company was operating under lease agreements.  The purchases of all 14 aircraft are scheduled throughout the second quarter of 2018, for an aggregate gross purchase price of $285.0 million, which will be reduced by the application of maintenance reserves and security deposits held by the lessor.  Effective March 31, 2018, the lease agreements associated with these aircraft will be classified as capital leases on the balance sheet until the closing of each individual sale.  All transactions are anticipated to be completed prior to June 30, 2018.

Recent New Routes and Service Announcements
Columbus, Ohio – Fort Lauderdale (02/15/2018)
Columbus, Ohio – Orlando (02/15/2018)
Columbus, Ohio – Las Vegas (02/15/2018)
Columbus, Ohio – Fort Myers (02/15/18)*
Columbus, Ohio – Tampa (02/15/2018)*
Richmond – Fort Lauderdale (03/15/2018)
Richmond – Orlando (03/15/2018)
Fort Lauderdale – Guayaquil, Ecuador (03/22/2018)
Baltimore – Denver (03/22/2018)
Baltimore – Montego Bay (03/22/2018)
Columbus, Ohio – Myrtle Beach (03/22/2018)*
Columbus, Ohio – New Orleans (03/22/2018)*
Atlantic City – New Orleans (04/12/2018)
Fort Lauderdale – St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands (05/24/2018)

* Indicates seasonal service

 

End Notes
(1) See “Reconciliation of Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Pre-tax Income, and Adjusted Operating Income to GAAP Net Income” table below for more details.
(2) See “Calculation of Total Non-ticket Revenue per Passenger Segment” table below for more details.
(3)  See “Special Items” table for more details.
(4) See “Reconciliation of Adjusted Operating Expense to GAAP Operating Expense” table below for more details.

Copyright Photo: Spirit Airlines Airbus A321-231 WL N675NK (msn 7668) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104599.

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